This Day in History is DUE’s daily dose of trivia for all the history buffs out there. So sit back and take a ride of all the fascinating things that happened on 25th April!
People are trapped in history and history is trapped in people, and hence, every day has been a significant one in the foibles of history. Now, let’s take a tour of “This Day in History – 25th April”.
1719: “Robinson Crusoe” is published
Daniel Defoe’s fictional work The Life and Strange Adventures of Robinson Crusoe is published. The book, about a shipwrecked sailor who spends 28 years on a deserted island, is based on the experiences of shipwreck victims and of Alexander Selkirk, a Scottish sailor who spent four years on a small island off the coast of South America in the early 1700s.
1859: Ground broken for the Suez Canal
At Port Said, Egypt, the ground is broken for the Suez Canal, an artificial waterway intended to stretch 101 miles across the isthmus of Suez and connect the Mediterranean and the Red seas. Construction began in April 1859, and on November 17, 1869, the Suez Canal was officially inaugurated. Today, dozens of ships navigate the canal daily, carrying more than 300 million tons of goods a year.
1917: Queen of Jazz Ella Fitzgerald is born
Jazz legend Ella Fitzgerald, also known as ‘The First Lady of Song,’ was born in Newport News, Virginia. Known for her wide range and sweet voice, she became an international legend during a career that spanned some six decades. She garnered 14 Grammy Awards, including one for lifetime achievement. She also received a Kennedy Center Honor for lifetime achievement (1979) and the National Medal of Arts (1987).
2007: World Malaria Day
This year, WHO and partners will mark World Malaria Day by celebrating the achievements of countries that are approaching – and achieving – malaria elimination. They inspire all nations that are working to stamp out this deadly disease and improve the health and livelihoods of their populations. The World Health Assembly established World Malaria Day in May 2007. The goal of the event is to furnish countries in the impacted regions the platform to study from each other’s experiences and support one another’s initiatives.
2015: Magnitude 7.5 earthquake kills thousands in Nepal
On April 25, 2015 a magnitude 7.8 earthquake tears through Nepal, killing nearly 9,000 and injuring 16,800. It was the worst such earthquake for the Asian country since 1934. The earthquake struck shortly before noon, but the devastation continued as several dozen aftershocks caused even more destruction. Overall, Nepal was shaken by hundreds of aftershocks, the largest striking at a 7.3 magnitude on May 12. The quake also induced an avalanche on Mount Everest that killed 19 people.